The Garden of the Gods in My Backyard: My Winding Path to Environmental Activism (5/10)

Would it be possible to stand in my suburban yard or even in an asphalt parking lot and have the same sensual experience of participation that I have in the woods? [Read more…]

Tell us about someone you know who is putting A Pagan Community Statement on the Environment into action

I want to collect the stories of a half dozen to a dozen Pagans who are transforming the words of the Pagan environment statement into actions at feature them on the ecopagan.com website. Here’s the rules: (1) You can’t nominate yourself. (2) You have to get the person’s permission. (3) Give details about how the person is putting the Pagan environmental statement into action. [Read more…]

The World As My Beloved: My Winding Path to Environmental Activism (Part 4/10)

For a long time, I had been so distracted by theological questions, both fascinate and repulsed by devotional polytheism, that I had lost sight of why I had been drawn to seek the gods in the first place. I realized that devotional practice is not limited to deity-centered religion. There can be an earth-centered or nature-centered kind of devotion too. I realized that what I needed was to develop a devotional religious practice, not toward gods, but toward the world. [Read more…]

My “Double Rainbow Experience”: My Winding Path to Environmental Activism (Part 3/10)

Pagans often talk about an experience of “connection” in such places. It was not so much connection that I felt that day, as immersion. I felt immersed in a great presence that was the blue and green and brown world around me, suffused with the sound of the wind blowing through the trees, the smell of the redwoods on the cool air, and the feeling my own heart beating hard. “This is it!” I kept saying, “I have to remember this!” [Read more…]

“If you want to go live in a tree, just let me know.”: My Winding Path to Environmental Activism (Part 2/10)

Over the past couple of years, I have felt my spiritual orientation shifting from a mostly Self-centric practice to an increasingly earth-centered practice. [Read more…]

Christianity as the Modern Pagan Scapegoat

We Pagans like to think we don’t have scapegoats in our religion, because we don’t have a concept of “sin” or divine guilt. And yet, we do have scapegoats. Speaking for myself, Christianity has been my scapegoat for a long time — and I think it’s one that a lot of Pagans have. [Read more…]


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